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Caught on camera…our EGG EATER!!

Caught on camera…our EGG EATER!!

For the last couple of weeks we have been struggling with an egg eater.  Yep chicken eating their own eggs and other chicken eggs!  It was getting bad…for 8 birds sometimes we were only getting 2-3 eggs a day that were not cracked!  So we knew we had to figure it out and pretty quick so others don’t catch on.

We knew their diet was not lacking nutrients so we moved on to other ways to address the problem..

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Thinning Apples and Pears to improve your harvest!

Thinning Apples and Pears to improve your harvest!

How to thin Apples and pear treesIt is that time of year again…you have a ton of pears and apples on your trees and they are getting bigger by the day!  Thinning your crop is a necessary task in order to make sure you have a good harvest year to year, reduce opportunities for pests and prevent limbs from breaking.  I hate doing it myself because those small little fruits go into the compost bin.  At least when you thin seedlings you can give them to a friend!  First of all lets go through the risks of not thinning before we go into the how! (more…)

How to Plant Tomatoes?

How to Plant Tomatoes?

Tomatoes are pretty hard plants….you can pretty much plant them any way you want and you won’t kill them. End of post.  Just Kidding!! While they are hardy, by planting tomatoes the right way you can ensure you have a deep root system, ensure they are sturdy enough to hold up gobs of tomatoes and increase your harvest! Sounds awesome right?! So lets begin…how to plant tomatoes?

How to Plant Tomatoes! (more…)

Fruit Trees in the City: My City Orchard

Fruit Trees in the City: My City Orchard

We bought our first house almost 5 years ago and one of the first things I did was start planting fruit trees!  I now have a total of 8 fruit trees on my little city lot in Seattle!  Fruit trees in the city are becoming more and more wide spread.

My  City OrchardThe very first tree we got was a Craigslist special.  Someone wanted to get rid of it and was giving it away free. So I convinced my husband to go with me to dig it out of the persons yard and transplanted it into our parking strip (grass between road and sidewalk).  (more…)